Pali Riptide, a Palisades-based youth baseball organization, won their first tournament championship when their 12 & 13U team rallied to beat CBA in last weekend’s Santa Monica Little League Thanksgiving Tournament.
Consisting of Lucas Brumbach, Jake McCaffrey, Ian Sullivan, Jasper Hoegh-Goldberg, James Cunningham, Hawkie Idelson, Roman Hawk, Teddy Grandy, Beckett Hoffman, Logan Bailey, Hayden Prince and Jimmy Levy, the team cruised to a pair of comfortable victories on the first day, but faced a difficult challenge in the final on the second day.
After a slow start at the plate Riptide found themselves behind 4-1, but they rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-out single by McCaffrey and a bases-clearing double by Hoffman to take the lead. Hoegh-Goldberg shut CBA down in the top of the final frame to close out the win. He combined with starter Bailey and reliever Sullivan to strike out 12 batters in six innings.
Coached by Lee Ellis, Eric Stetz and Richard “Red” Junor, Pali Riptide outscored their opponents 30-10 en route to the organization’s first title since it was started in 2018 by Pacific Palisades Baseball Association coaches Darren Wald and Jason Wolsefer.
Open to players ages 5-13, the fall ball program starts in mid-August and runs through Thanksgiving. Summer clinics at Palisades High focus on fundamental drills and techniques, hitting, fielding, pitching, catching, base running, strength and conditioning, mental approach and team building. For details or to sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After winning its first outright league title in 32 years, it is fitting Palisades High has the most players on this year’s All-Western League football team. Leading thelist is senior linebacker Sy Riley, who was named Defensive Player of the Year. Senior end Immanuel Newell is Defensive Lineman of the Year and senior Tommy Meek is Kicker of the Year.
Six Dolphins are first-team ers on offense: junior quarterback Forrest Brock, senior receivers Max Palees and Teddy Suisman, senior running back Kenny Cline junior lineman Nick Calcaterra and senior lineman Justin Bahari.
Making the offensive secondteam are senior tight end Eli Manheim, sophomore linemen Nick Raddon and Jonathan Pizante and junior lineman Luca Anna.
Joining Riley and Newell on the defensive first team are senior linebacker Noah Ghodooshim and senior safety Waka White.
Four more Dolphins are second-teamers on defense: senior end Christian Duran, senior linebacker Gage McCloskey, and senior cornerbacks Tayari Gloster and Xavier Whitfield.
Venice quarterback Luca Diamont is the Player of the Year and earning Offensive Player of the Year honors are Fairfax running back Jordan Reed and Venice running back Everson Bozeman. The Offensive Lineman of the Year is Michael McEntee of Westchester and the Punter of the Year is Ahmad Dunlap, also of Westchester.
Palisades allowed 41 points in five league games, all victories.
The Second Annual Tree Lighting Included Performances by The Adderley School
By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
For the first time this year, snow fell over Palisades Village Sunday night, November 24—and there is more to come, as the development is just kicking off its holiday season.
Hundreds of community members and visitors packed the park at Palisades Village for the second year in a row to celebrate the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the 50-foot-tall tree.
This year’s show was hosted by Sarah Michelle Gellar, who shared that her family and friends are grateful to have Palisades Village nearby to visit.
Co-Honorary Mayors Billy and Janice Crystal took the stage as part of what they called their farewell tour ahead of when the two pass the gavel to the next mayor (or mayors?) in January 2020.
The two shared some jokes—including Billy lamenting about getting heckled by a 4-year-old audience member—before finishing the conversation with a serious note: gratitude for those who fought the fires that burned in and near Pacific Palisades over the past couple of months.
The Crystals were followed by Councilmember Mike Bonin, who echoed similar sentiments of gratitude for Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department and beyond.
Various performers then took the stage, with singing and dancing by students from The Adderley School, Disney Channel’s Dakota Lotus and Jayden Bartels, and Dushaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall, the male winner of season 10 of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Cheering members of the audience brought Santa Claus on stage, who, after a brief countdown, lit the tree in the middle of the park, as snow, again provided by MagicSnow, fell.
The celebration marked the opening of Santa’s Cottage, which is open for visits in the park through December 24. Photos start at $45 and go up to $100 for a VIP package.
The next holiday-themed event will take place on December 7, as the Village hosts its inaugural Holiday Market from 12 to 5 p.m.
“Get wrapped up in the spirit of the season at our inaugural Holiday Market, complete with pop-outs from all your favorite brands,” reads the Palisades Village website. “Shop and stroll down The Promenade to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.”
Palisades Village will host its second annual Menorah Lighting on the first night of Hanukkah, December 22.
Veteran Shares His Story at Recent Task Force on Homelessness Meeting
By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter
In a packed room full of community members at Palisades Branch Library, the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness and The People Concern Outreach Team presented a speaker panel in an open meeting on November 18.
“Everything you’ve told me has come true,” said Scott Davis, a veteran who spoke on the panel about his transition out of homelessness.
Glanda Sherman, an outreach specialist, introduced the speakers who came to talk about how the outreach team works and what process they take their clients through.
Other members on the panel included Alex Gittinger, program manager, Jessie Cortez, outreach engagement specialist, Jennifer Deleon-Dukes, clinical case manager, and Jamie Gallardo, housing navigator.
The panel also included two special guests: Housing Owner/Operations Manager Marc Panetta, a landlord who accepts housing vouchers and fulfills a critical role in the transition process, and Davis, a current outreach team client who shared his touching personal success story about transitioning out of homelessness to the room.
Davis was approached one day by Sharon Kilbride, chair of the Law Enforcement Coordination Committee, who said to him, “Are you panhandling again?”
It was at that time they formed a relationship and decided to work together to find a solution.
Davis’ story began when Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane that fell on Texas in 2017, caused catastrophic flooding.
“It salt-watered my jeep,” Davis said. “It got really expensive.”
He shared that he camped for 39 days helping other Hurricane Harvey victims and after that, he generated some good money, got his jeep fixed and took off.
“I decided right there to get away from the hurricane circle,” he explained. “There’s going to be more and more problems.” He went north, but couldn’t find affordable living.
Being a former veteran, Davis decided to go back and find the landlord that he had in the service who was down in Coronado without luck. He must have passed away, Davis said.
“Everything got too expensive, a veteran’s check is little,” Davis shared. “Sharon found me on the beach. The police couldn’t find me because I had a nice dark spot.”
He joked about Kilbride’s persistence. With laughter in the room and smiles from LAPD officers in attendance, he shared how he was reluctant to receive help at first.
Then one day he was with his piece of cardboard at Vons, when Kilbride and Sherman approached him again. This time he agreed to do the paperwork.
“I went and got all the tasks done—it’s easy to do—and I got approved, and on the first, I’m going to go look at an apartment,” said Davis, who received a warm round of applause from the room about his plans for December.
Panetta said that nine out of 10 people who rent apartments work out, and for the one that doesn’t, PPTFH will jump in to assist.
“A lot of the people I know professionally just look at what I do and they shake their heads,” Panetta said. “You kind of learn to fine tune your screening. I have a soft spot for veterans, and most of the folks we place are veterans and they are really wonderful folks.”
Panetta shared that there is an upside for landlords: The rent is automatically transmitted on the first, so it’s are paid on time. He also added that since these tenants have a support team, they often come equipped with appliances and a bed.
Several homeless people attended the meeting, along with concerned citizens driving to the meeting from as far as the Valley, to speak up about their concerns on this issue.
The People Concern Outreach Team has helped 107 homeless individuals transition off the streets of the Palisades, with the funding and support of PPTFH and the Palisades community.
The next community meeting is planned for January 27, 2020.
Palisades Charter High School students, parents and community members recently had an opportunity to air concerns about the importance of the school’s bus program at a public town hall meeting, held by the administration and the board of directors, on Wednesday, November 20.
“Solutions are what we are here for,” Faculty Board Member Paula Anderson said. “We’re not here to take away the transportation program. We’re here to solve the problem of transportation. We’re here to solve the problem of diversity.”
Parents, students, teachers and board members shared ideas to improve the transportation situation and funding channels, as well as addressing concerns that any decline of the busing system will decrease diversity in the student body.
“Our enrollment in the busing program has been going down every year,” said Don Parcell, director of operations. Seven hundred and ninety students were enrolled in the program as of February 2018, according to Board of Trustees minutes.
Michael Rawson, director of development, shared that 21% of students at Pali High reside in the Palisades, while the rest come from 116 different zip codes.
Taking the bus to and from school costs individual riders $225 per month for 10 months.
“There are no federal grants for transportation because if there are, they go to the state,” Rawson explained. “The state funds are very restrictive and also very competitive.”
Most state funding excludes charter schools or requires the school have a minimum of 55% and sometimes up to 90% of free and reduced lunch students, while Pali has 31%, Rawson continued.
In an effort to encourage people, Rawson shared information about the Pali GO Fund. Last year, 23 teachers at Pali High chose to partake in an online donation fund and reached out to their friends through emails. The fund raised $46,000 in a few months.
Although the Pali GO Fund did not meet the shortfall, the funds were utilized and made a difference for busing students. The Pali GO Fund website continues to be a resource for the public to donate.
“We recently raised our parking passes,” said Elena Chao, president of the Associated Student Body Leadership Class, who sits with the Board, after being challenged that ASB Leadership isn’t doing enough. Parking passes for students with personal cars recently doubled in price to raise money that was donated to the Pali GO Fund, she continued.
The student leader added that it was unacceptable to say ASB Leadership isn’t doing anything—that it’s been their top priority, and they strive to represent all of Pali.
Some Pali High teachers have also sponsored individual students’ transportation costs. In response to public comment, board members shared students are not restricted from finding local businesses or individuals to sponsor their busing costs.
“We have had individual students sponsored by donors,” parent board member Sarah Margiotta said about personal donors. The hurdle for corporate sponsorship seemingly stems from the Palisades’ remote location.
“Everyone here shows a commonality of wanting to find a solution,” said a senior student who is part of ASB Leadership, encouraging anyone who has an idea to reach out to them and share it.
As a current high school senior amidst the college process, I find the topic of ACT and SAT extremely pressing. The companies that produce the ACT and SAT purposely make the tests difficult to accomplish without tutoring.
With this in mind, the price of an ACT/ SAT tutor can range anywhere from $100-$600 an hour. The College Board, which owns the SAT, states that these tests are predictive of college performance and offer a uniform ruler that allows colleges to compare students.
As a student currently going through this process, hearing this statement is infuriating. I can attest that this is in no way shape or form an accurate way to test students. It creates an unfair advantage for those who can afford months of tutoring and practice tests.
In addition to tutoring, many students need accommodations, but the SAT and ACT make the process of gaining accommodations extremely strenuous and expensive. Many students who truly deserve extra time don’t have access to the money and resources they need to obtain it.
Pertaining to the UC system, their scores are extremely high and unreasonable for any student, let alone a California resident who pays taxes towards these schools. Considering UC funds rely heavily on taxes from in-state residents, you’d think the system would be slightly more tolerable or accepting of lower test scores.
As a California student who hopes to attend a UC school for college, I’ve found that the odds are more than against me. Although my grades and extracurriculars are worthy, it’s irritating and disheartening that my test scores are held in higher regard.
Overall, I believe this issue is worth assessing and should be reevaluated as soon as possible. As time goes on, the issues are getting worse as new methods of tutoring are introduced, along with people paying to get perfect scores or accommodations.
Considering college plays a big role in determining one’s future, creating an uneven playing field isn’t just affecting their college experience, it’s affecting their future.
I am responding to the article discussing the public gathering that took place as a result of the recent fires that plagued the Brentwood and Palisades area. I speak for all of us when I say that I am utterly devastated by the fires that plagued our beloved homes and put us in fear for our loved ones.
I was gutted as I looked to the security cameras of my home only to be met with the sight of firefighters in my backyard, frantically rushing to put out the raging fire. But it is over now, and the fear that was once rushing through me is now ever so small.
Firstly, I would like to thank LAFD as they did an outstanding job containing the fire, they were quick to act and worked tirelessly in order to keep our homes intact. However, I felt as if there was a clear lack of organization, as if they were not as prepared as they could have been.
Having said this, I am very glad to hear of the town hall that took place, as I feel that there were issues that were in dire need of discussion. It was good to hear from the firefighters’ point of view and it pleases me to know that their intentions are to use this experience as a lesson to further augment how they operate.
As a high school student who has to balance homework, studying, work and sleep, this was an extremely stressful time for me. I hope that next time there’s a fire, as a community we can organize ourselves better in order to prevent as much as possible.
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Pali High Freshman Sadie Sabin Aims to Give Back this Holiday Season
By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
Sadie Sabin, a lifelong resident of El Medio Bluffs and freshman at Palisades Charter High School, is seeking donations for a pilot program she is launching this holiday season.
“We are collecting sleeping bags and blankets,” Sadie shared.
Donations that are collected between now and December 23 of new, (ideally) water-resistant sleeping bags and blankets will be given out to people in need at the annual Mimi Adams brunch at St. Augustine by the Sea in Santa Monica.
For the past seven years, the Sabin family has volunteered at the brunch, which serves food and also has stations for anyone in need to pick up donated items, from hygiene products to toys and clothes.
This year, Sadie hopes to increase the number of sleeping bags and blankets that are available for pick up, both items that have quickly run out in years past.
“Sadie’s idea was sleeping bags and blankets because there wasn’t enough of them,” Sadie’s mom, Jennifer explained.
Though she volunteers each year, this is the first time Sadie has put together something like this.
“I’ve never done anything like this before … I’m really excited about it,” she shared.
Mimi Adams, who lived in the Palisades for more than 30 years, passed away in 2006, so the annual brunch continues on in her honor.
“When we volunteer at this brunch … the most rewarding part is interacting with the men and women and the children,” Jennifer shared. Sadie shared a story of a young boy she has seen for a few years that she has gotten to interact and play with—and added that he is always grateful.
“He’s so appreciative for any items that we give him and for the interaction,” Jennifer said, “and it always touches our hearts when we see him there.”
Jennifer shared that each year the family has volunteered, she notices that each person who is there to collect items only takes what they need, leaving the rest for others.
“It makes me feel emotional and grounded,” she added. “It’s a beautiful thing.”
Palisadians who are interested in donating may do so at The Yogurt Shoppe, which will have a bin in place for collections.
Community members who are looking for one last cause to contribute to before 2019 comes to a close can consider making a donation to one of the five charter schools in Pacific Palisades, to support things like smaller class sizes, garden programs and more.
Palisades Charter Elementary School
Traci Sacks, mother of a first-grader, a third-grader and one who will join them in school next year, moved to Pacific Palisades two years ago in large part because of the schools. And now, wanting to give back to Palisades Charter Elementary School and help continue its legacy, Sacks is heading up Pali Giving, which supplements programming outside of LAUSD funding.
Sacks explained that donations help support two full-time P.E. coaches, a full-time librarian, makerspace, design lab and more—all programs that her kids and their peers love.
“There are so many people who have lived here for so long who are alumni of the school, who have kids who have graduated who still have such pride for the school and want it to stay that way, and even older people who have lived here for so long and are a part of the community, that even if their kids never went to Pali, it still makes their community and their neighborhood what it is,” Sacks shared, encouraging anyone who has been touched by Pali and its programs to give back to the school this year.
Sacks shared that the school is “really a part of the community”—down to its location in the middle of town.
“I think it’s a school that has so much potential and so many things that have made it great,” Sacks continued, adding that the school’s “garden is the dreamiest thing ever.”
Pali Elementary is on the tail end of its 100 Days of Giving campaign, which ends right before the close of the year, but donations are accepted year round.
Class size reduction, instructional aids, digital edge technology, science, music, library/media lounge, fresh kids week, art and theater, P.E., and an edible growing garden are all things that are funded in part by Friends of Marquez with an education the school calls “Public Education Plus+.”
Marquez Charter Elementary School creates programming by combining LAUSD funding with “substantial contributions” families make each year via the Friends.
“It is important to support Marquez because we work hard to provide an innovative education that prepares our students to not only excel academically, but to also be citizens that contribute to their community,” Friends of Marquez President Alexys Buckner shared.
Friends of Marquez accepts monetary donations, but also offers Birthday Marquee for students, Spirit Wear for sale and the option of attending one of many celebrations in the Year Of Parties catalogue, some of which are open to participants outside of the school. Parties range from a top-shelf tequila tasting to third-grade gingerbread house decorating.
Canyon Charter Elementary School
Canyon Charter Elementary School has many fundraising programs in place to help the school raise funds to cover the cost of arts and STEM programs, as well as other instructional programming.
“We rely on annual giving contributions from our generous families, as well as the proceeds from multiple fundraisers throughout the year, including our Fiesta, Auction, Olympics Day, Party Book and, most recently we brought back Jammin’ in the Canyon, which was great fun for our community,” Director of Canyon Communications and President Elect Amanda Rosen-Prinz explained to the Palisadian-Post.
The school also hosts smaller fundraisers throughout the year, including a pumpkin patch, book fair, talent show, Canyon gear and more.
“Our entire fundraising team works tirelessly throughout the year to maintain the amazing programs we have at Canyon, which include art, music, dance and drama for all students in our school,” Rosen-Prinz shared. “We have a dedicated full-time science instructor and science learning lab, a full-time physical education instructor, a digital learning teacher and 1:1 Chromebooks for all students, a reading specialist and aides in every classroom.”
Rosen-Prinz added that alumni of the school, as well as members of the community, are welcome to contribute to the school’s Booster Club, a registered 501(c)(3).
Those who are interested in giving back to Palisades Charter High School have two options: The PCHS Fund, which makes up the shortfall in the school’s budget that is not provided by local, state or federal sources, and The Palisades High School Booster Club, which focuses on the immediate needs of students not covered by the school’s budget.
Programming support by the Booster Club includes academic programs, field trips, visual and performing arts, athletics and extra-curricular activities, while the PCHS fund ensures sustainability of the school’s core programs and addresses the mission-critical and strategic needs of the school.
Pali High is campaigning for donations this #GivingTuesday—a global day of giving that was created after the popularity of shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving was expanded to online purchases on Cyber Monday.
“On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, you will have the chance to join people around the world and support a cause that is close to your heart—your students,” Pali High Principal Dr. Pam Magee shared in an email ahead of Giving Tuesday.
The PCHS Fund and The Booster Club are aiming to meet their combined 2019-20 goal of $750,000.
“We are 57% of the way there and looking for record-breaking parent participation,” Pali High continued. “There is no gift too small. By joining the #GivingTuesday movement, you will ensure that all students will benefit from this support.”
A tradition for nearly 40 years, PRIDE—Parent Resources for Individual Development and Enrichment—has been raising funds to support programming at Paul Revere Charter Middle School.
“The PRIDE Booster Club is Paul Revere Charter Middle School’s volunteer, parent-run fundraising nonprofit,” 2019-20 Paul Revere/PRIDE Annual Giving Chair Rene Rodman explained. “Established in 1982, PRIDE supports and facilitates dozens of vital programs and initiatives that make Paul Revere a standout public middle school and a vibrant member of our community.”
The PRIDE annual budget of $650,000 helps fund a variety of programs and services, including music, technology, physical education and the farm/outdoor education, as well as after-school athletic, enrichment and performing arts programs.
Donations can be made online or mailed to the PRIDE Booster Club, c/o Paul Revere Charter Middle School, 1450 Allenford Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049.
The following piece was submitted by Eric and Patty Bradley as a thank you to community members after an incident that occurred in the Palisades.
This Thanksgiving we have many people to thank.
I graduated from Palisades High School in 1971, and my wife and I have owned a home in the Palisades for all our wonderful 40 married years together.
But I did not ever expect that we would be compelled to write to the Palisadian-Post until what happened to Patty walking out of the front door at Erewhon last Thursday at 11:45 in the morning.
There, she very unexpectedly suffered a massive stroke from a blocked middle cerebral artery on the left side of her brain. A man and a woman—and perhaps others—helped get her to a chair and, recognizing the stroke symptoms, wisely called 911 immediately.
They knew that time is critical in a stroke case. They then called me at the dentist office, only a block away, and by the time I ran to the scene, Los Angeles Fire Department was already there and within seconds, the paramedics arrived.
They were all so great and knew exactly what to do for her. They rushed her to Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica while constantly updating their arrival time to the certified stroke unit and neurologists waiting for her.
Without wasting a second, they performed a CT scan that showed the exact location of the clot and moved Patty to the operating room where the clot was removed about an hour after the stroke occurred.
She made a full recovery, but it was literally a miracle and a lot of wonderful people made it happen.
We both want to give our heartfelt thanks to all the people who worked together and saved her life.
First to the wonderful people in front of Erewhon who called 911 and me, held her purse and groceries, and then handed them to me while explaining what happened. I apologize to them for my state of shock, lack of communication and failure to get their names.
To our incredible fire and paramedics who were immediately there for Patty and who transported her to the hospital. To Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Primary Stroke Center, Robert Jackson MD, Vascular Neurology, and Jason Tarpley MD, Neurology Surgeon, who literally saved her life.
And, to all the other wonderful doctors and attendants at Saint John’s Hospital who took such good care of both of us.
This Thanksgiving we have much to be thankful for. When you part with someone you love, even for what is supposed to be a short time, remember that you may never see that person as they were when you left them, so tell them you love them and part as if it is the last time.
TV Doctor Bruce Hensel has pleaded not guilty on November 22 to a felony charge alleging that he asked an acquaintance’s 9-year-old daughter to send him sexually suggestive photos this August.
Hensel, 71, is charged with one count of contact with a minor for sexual purposes. He was arrested on November 13 by Los Angeles police in Beverly Hills and released that evening after posting bail.
Investigators with the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant on October 16 at Hensel’s home on Tramonto Drive in Castellammare.
A preliminary hearing date is scheduled to be set January 14 in Los Angeles.
City News Service contributed to this report.
Community Gathers to Honor Timmy | The Village
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Timothy “Timmy” Houston, a homeless member
of the community, took place on Thursday, November 18, near Palisades Branch Library.
Rev. Bruce Freeman of the Parish of St. Matthew presided, and LAPD Officer Rusty Redican as well as other members of the community and the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness shared stories and remembrances of Timmy.
Timmy died on October 30 of coronary artery disease, according to a coroner’s report. —SARAH SHMERLING
Palisades Cares Hosts Annual Toy Drive | Pacific Palisades
Palisades Cares is hosting its annual toy drive from December 2 to 16.
Donations can be made at CVS, Cypress Center, Palisades-Malibu YMCA and Regal Cleaners. Palisades Cares will be accepting new toys for all ages, including teenagers.
The donations will be given to children affiliated with One Voice and Happy Trails for Kids. One Voice assists Los Angeles families living in poverty, and Happy Trails for Kids is an organization that emerges children and teens into unique learning and extracurricular activities.
— LILY TINOCO
Youth-Led Climate Strike on Black Friday | Santa Monica
A global climate strike will be held on Friday, November 29, following the strike that took place earlier this year in September. Cities all over the world are expected to hold demonstrations in hopes of shedding light on climate change.
Students from across the Westside will gather in Santa Monica’s Tongva Park to rally, before marching through Third Street Promenade as an effort to reject consumerism and wastefulness with the message “Don’t Shop! Strike!”
This youth-led strike, organized again by Palisadian Éva Milan Engel, will bring students together from Palisades Charter High School, Santa Monica High, Youth Climate Strike LA and more.